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Daniel Romano's Eccentric 'Countrypolitan' Sound Blends Sincerity And Irony

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:06pm

Canadian musician Daniel Romano specializes in country music that's a throwback to a bygone era. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls his new album, If I've Only One Time Askin', a "moving collection."

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'Dragonfish' Offers A Noir Vision Of An 'American Dream Gone Rancid'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:06pm

The debut novel by Vu Tran is a crime drama involving a white cop, his Vietnamese-born ex-wife and her new husband, a violent crime boss. Maureen Corrigan calls Dragonfish a "haunting literary novel."

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Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:04pm

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 1:37pm

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the Tour'; Training Dogs For Film

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:03am

Call Me Lucky, directed by comic Bobcat Goldthwait, profiles his mentor Barry Crimmins. David Edelstein reviews The End of the Tour. Teresa Ann Miller talks about training the dog leads in White God

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Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:59pm

As host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart is a funny man with a serious message. Originally broadcast July 22, 2005.

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For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:59pm

Comics Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele satirize people of all races on their Comedy Central sketch show. Originally broadcast Nov. 20, 2013.

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'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:29pm

A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:24pm

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker says the third studio album from country star Ashley Monroe "is a collection of deceptively pretty songs that cohere as a strong, serious piece of work."

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

Born in Baton Rouge in 1924, the blues musician known as Slim Harpo influenced rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Pink Floyd. Rock Historian Ed Ward shares Harpo's story.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:05pm

From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."

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'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:05pm

Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. A film directed by Goldthwait details their relationship — and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About LA's Sex Workers

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 8:03am

"I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," Gyllenhaal says of his role as a boxer in Southpaw. Director Sean Baker and actress Mya Taylor talk about their film, Tangerine.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Reporter and newscaster Sanders died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1964, she made broadcast history when she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E L. Doctorow

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.

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Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.

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